(Closed) Identity Theft Prevention

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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820 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My parents have a pretty good one and when I lived there I used theirs all the time. Now I just rip things, but a paper shredder is definitely on my list of things to buy. I don’t know the exact brand, but from experience with both my parents and various ones from my old workplace, I’d say if you’re going to get a paper shredder, don’t get a low quality one (aka, the cheapest…~$20-$30 range). I don’t think there’s a need for super expensive ones but the cheap ones jam OFTEN and it is SO FRUSTRATING! Get one that’s in the $50-$60 range and you should be set! They have them at Staples, Office Max, etc. This reminds me that FH and I need to get one!! 

Just curious why this is in the invitations board, are you worried about identity theft from your invites? 

Post # 4
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2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Moved your post to the lounge 🙂

We’ve not got a paper shredder, but if I’m really worried about something I would just put it in the "confidential" shredding bin at my work. 

Post # 5
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5399 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I actually got a great Fellowes one from Costco.  It’s nice and heavy duty and was around $80, which were were okay with for the peace of mind.  The same one we saw that same day at Staples and Office Max for about $40 more so we thought it was a good deal.

Post # 6
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271 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m completely paperless & anything that comes in the mail that is somewhat important I put in a pile and cut up like a million times in different directions- yes, a shredder would be easier but I really don’t get that much mail and I’m really cheap.

Post # 7
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception

Make sure you get a cross-cut shredder.

Post # 8
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14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Yes I do. It’s too easy for someone to steal your identity via your trash, even if the possibility is slim…or so you think.

 Currently, i just collect it in a big brown bag in one of my spare bedrooms, then have a shredding party. Mine just does strips, but then i drop them in the other way to chop them up a little more. It was free, otherwise I was going to buy a cross-cut shredder that chops up credit cards, too, and other junk like that. 

Often i make sure I put my trash out in separate batches so you can’t just piece it all together from one trash bag. 

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